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The Magic Of Meshell Ndegeocello

Diriye Osman | Posted 07.14.2014 | Entertainment
Diriye Osman

It's fair to say that, in our age of digitized apathy and carefully-curated online inertia, you can add singer-songwriter and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello to that long line of creative polymaths who have not only injected vital energy into the culture but repeatedly spoken truth to power.

The Common Core: Disabling Compassion

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 06.20.2014 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

What would James Baldwin, one of America's greatest non-fiction writers, have to say about the Common Core expectation that a high school senior's reading diet be 70 percent non-fiction text?

On a Human Rights Attitude and Advocacy: The Gregory-Chappelle (or Angelou-Baldwin) Doctrine

Jack Healey | Posted 05.30.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

Take Angelou's injunction seriously with regard to human rights and keep your anger to defend them and march it and vote it and let your representatives know that you intend to do so, wherever you may be.

Black and White in Gay Cape Town

Jeremy Helligar | Posted 05.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeremy Helligar

The implication: It was OK to kiss me in the hallway of a dark club on Saturday night, but he wasn't interested in me as a multi-dimensional human being or, presumably, being seen in public with me in the harsh, unforgiving light of day.

In Honor and Memory of Maya Angelou

Malika Saada Saar | Posted 05.28.2014 | Black Voices
Malika Saada Saar

Today, Maya Angelou, our larger than life poet, writer, storyteller has made her transition, and I think of the poem "When Great Trees Fall" and, especially, the last lines: "They existed. They existed. We can be. Be and be better. For they existed."

Happy Graduation! Ten Books That Could Change Your Graduating Senior (and Their World)

Ru Freeman | Posted 05.28.2014 | Books
Ru Freeman

This is the book you place on top of those other nine-ish books you just bought or ordered. It is the book that communicates that you are a savvy aunt/uncle/grandparent/neighbor/parent.

Spite Your Face: Zoe As Nina

T. Better Baldwin | Posted 05.27.2014 | Black Voices
T. Better Baldwin

I like Zoe as an actress and as a person that I don't know. I admire her hutzpah as she defends her right to embody Ms. Simone. However, just because you can doesn't mean you should.

The Ever-Relevant Mind and Activism of James Baldwin

Claire Topalian | Posted 07.22.2014 | Black Voices
Claire Topalian

What is it that makes Baldwin so important, and ever-relevant to who we are as a nation especially? We have come far, but we would be wise to remind ourselves that we have not crossed the finish line.

America's Racial Carnival: Where Have You Gone Jimmy? (and Malcolm Too!)

Saladin Ambar | Posted 07.20.2014 | Black Voices
Saladin Ambar

We are in a fun-house mirror period with respect to race. It has been a sobering reminder of the persistence of not only racism, but of those in power who massage its ailing limbs.

Living and Sleeping With the Enemies?

Jeremy Helligar | Posted 06.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeremy Helligar

You don't have to wear a white sheet with a pointy hat and go around burning crosses to be racist. We all harbor prejudices of some kind, and many people are carelessly and casually racist while being perfectly pleasant otherwise. As I see it, racism and homophobia are two sides of the same coin.

Celebrating James Baldwin, As Many Classrooms Ignore Him

The New York Times | Posted 04.24.2014 | Black Voices

James Baldwin’s 1953 novel, “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” about a Harlem teenager’s search for meaning, quickly became a classic, along with h...

Why You Should Read James Baldwin's Poetry

Posted 04.01.2014 | Books

The following is an excerpt from Nikky Finney's introduction to Jimmy’s Blues & Other Poems by James Baldwin [Beacon Press, $16.00]: Baldwin was ...

A Reading List for a New Generation of Gay Men

Chris Davis | Posted 05.24.2014 | Books
Chris Davis

"We resent you. You astonish us." I understand those two sentences, but will others that come after me? It made me wonder if the newer generation of gay men remembered our recent history and sacrifices that helped them get to where they are today.

Grief in the Time of Facebook

Jill Di Donato | Posted 05.04.2014 | Women
Jill Di Donato

Facebook can be seen as a digital scrapbook, a journal, a way to collect memories in an interactive way, and therefore, it is a modern-day narrative, a timeline to "make sense of what happened."

The Blind Alley of J Street and Liberal American Zionism

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

What does J Street's motto "Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace" really mean? That question calls for grasping the context of Zionism among Jews in the United States -- aspects of history, largely obscured and left to archives, that can shed light on J Street's current political role.

How to Write About Yourself Without Being a Jerk

Theo Pauline Nestor | Posted 03.09.2014 | Books
Theo Pauline Nestor

"What do you write about?" I'm often asked. The answer, um, is I, uh, write about myself, which automatically puts me in the company of Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, and others who exude the belief that their lives are of inherent interest to others.

Remembering Famous People Who Changed Our Lives

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 11.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Malcolm Boyd

Memories. So many memories. Let's start an altogether fresh list of new people in our lives, shall we? Before long, perhaps we can turn them into an altogether new list of memories too.

How Mastering The Art Of French Cooking Turned My Life Around

Judith Newton | Posted 10.15.2013 | Fifty
Judith Newton

August 15, the anniversary of Julia Child's birth, is a good time to reflect on the role that her 'Mastering the Art of French Cooking' played in many of our lives. It is was in cooking from' Mastering the Art', for example, that I made strides toward becoming an adult, creating my first home, and entering into the buoyant spirit of the sixties.

7 Days with Jimmy - On Artists and Narrative Building

Ariana Austin | Posted 08.18.2013 | Arts
Ariana Austin

When I was growing up there was a story I loved to hear. In 1980, James Baldwin spent seven days with my parents and their friends in Washington. He h...

Frank Ocean, and Why Blacks Need to Finally Get Over Homophobia

Ernest Owens | Posted 05.06.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

While we are celebrating the just the survival of an R&B artist admitting he has had a desire for another man, what we are avoiding is the actual discussion of if we are ready for an actual openly gay black artist in our mainstream world.

Reclaiming the Kitchen: Women's History Month Meets the Food Justice Movement

Judith Newton | Posted 05.04.2013 | Women
Judith Newton

When I began to cook in the 1960s while getting my Ph.D., I was conscious of doing so in a way that would define me as different from my mother and my mother's life. She cooked Midwestern. I deliberately chose French. She baked apple pies. I composed Tarte Normande aux Pommes.

Gay Will Never Be The New Black: What James Baldwin Taught Me About My White Privilege

Todd Clayton | Posted 04.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Todd Clayton

As a white gay man committed to advocacy, I was naturally drawn to Baldwin and eager to hear what he had to say about LGBTQ equality in America. What I discovered, though, was not at all what I was expecting.

Authors Amid the Rock Bands on YouTube

Dave Astor | Posted 11.07.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Some people (like me!) are so busy reading books that they don't bother much with moving-image media such as films and TV. But what about watching YouTube videos relating to ... authors!

Where's the Answer Bubble for 'It Depends'?

Steve Nelson | Posted 10.06.2012 | Education
Steve Nelson

In every discipline, the most powerful learning comes when students are invited to inhabit someone else's perspective as a means to deeper understanding.

50 Books That Every African American Should Read

Huffington Post | Patrice Peck | Posted 07.05.2012 | Black Voices

Whether you're traveling on vacation, sunbathing on the beach, or simply lounging in the park, nothing beats a good book in the summertime. Still, wit...